Serramal

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Republic of Serramal

Flag of Serramal
Flag
Motto: Unity and Dignity
Anthem: “Our Path to Freedom”
Location of Serramal
Capital
and largest city
Marago
Official languagesSerramal
Demonym(s)Serramali
GovernmentUnitary dominant-party presidential constitutional republic
• President
Manjit Rahar
LegislatureParliament
Independence from Tretrid
• Declared
1921
Area
• Total
41,182 km2 (15,900 sq mi)
Population
• Estimate
6,000,000
• Density
145/km2 (375.5/sq mi)
GDP (nominal)estimate
• Total
$22.39 billion
• Per capita
$3,731
CurrencySerramal Pound
Driving sideright
Calling code420
Internet TLD.sr
Serramal, officially the Republic of Serramal, is a peninsular nation in Southwest Gondwana. It shares borders with Ryza and Balnakia in the north, and the Pacific Ocean lies to the south. It has a population of six million people, and its capital and largest population center is the island city of Marago.

History

The area that would become mainland Serramal was initially populated by a variety of lutryne Ābwhala tribes, while human migrants from elsewhere in Gondwana settled on the island of Marago. The area remained largely disunited until being incorporated into the Tretridian colony of Southwest Gondwana during the eighteenth century. The use of the two human ethnic groups, the Sana and the Amara, in colonial bureaucracy led to increasing disparities between human and lutryne groups, and the area exploded into civil war almost immediately upon achieving independence after the Tretridian withdrawal in 1921. The resulting conflict would end in 1926 with the Ābwhala population largely pushed north, and sporadic conflicts would continue for decades, gradually limiting the lutrynes to the Bandu Hills.

The discovery of rich copper deposits by the Ellesborg Mining Cooperative in 1975 would lead to renewed civil conflict. Proposed plans for copper mines involved seizing Sana land and mining activities would have greatly damaged the riverways that they relied on. Thus, the Sana eventually allied with their former Ābwhala enemies against the Amara dominated government, which ultimately prevailed after a bloody war due to external funding and support from the EMC.

Geography, Wildlife, and Climate

Serramal is located in Southwest Gondwana, with a humid continental climate. The country consists of a mainland territory which borders Ryza and Balnakia in the north, as well as the small island of Marago across the Serramal Strait, which is home to the capital of the same name. Much of the mainland is dominated by an extensive river network known as the Serramal Delta, which runs down from the Bandu Hills in the north. The exploitation of rich copper deposits has extensively disrupted the nation's ecosystem. The impact of mining activities has badly poisoned the Delta, causing mass deaths among local wildlife.

Politics

Government

The current president of Serramal is Manjit Rahar, a former Presidential Guard commander who came to power in a coup against his uncle at the outbreak of the 1975 Civil War. The 1921 constitution gives him extensive powers, including naming and dismissing members of the cabinet, making laws by decree, dissolving the Chamber of Representatives, negotiating and ratifying treaties and serving as commander in chief of the armed forces.

The Rahar family and the Amara tribe as a whole has dominated Serramal since its independence. During their century long rule, they have shown little tolerance for opposition. While the country is nominally a multiparty democracy, its elections have generally been considered a sham, with the President's National Unity Party winning overwhelmingly each time. The dictatorship has used the wealth generated by the copper boom along with its victory in the Civil War to further entrench and enrich itself, and it is estimated that nearly a dozen coups have been attempted since 1976, though all have failed. The regime is widely considered to be among the most kleptocratic in the world.

Political Parties

Name Chamber of Deputies Seats Senate Seats
National Unity Party 99 50
New Serramal Party 1 0

Foreign Policy

Serramal is a member of both the Council of Gondwana and the International Forum. The nation also maintains close connections to the Ellesborg Mining Cooperative and the Cryrian Mandate of Ellesborg. Many Serramali have migrated to Cryria on Special Labor Visas, and they also form a significant portion of the Cryrian Foreign Legion, which offers a straightfoward path to full citizenship.

Military

The military of Serramal consists of three branches - The Republican Army, Airforce, and Navy respectively. The military has some 17,500 active personnel, though many units are thought to be largely ineffective for anything beyond basic garrison purposes. Of the Army, only three Motor Rifle Battalions and the Presidential Guard are considered capable of mounting serious operations. The Navy operates an additional company-strength unit of marines. The Airforce and Navy are both heavily reliant on external contractors for their maintenance and operations, and the military as a whole has historically made extensive use of foreign mercenaries.

Infantry Weapons
Name Type Country of Origin Manufacturer
Vektor SP1 Standard Issue Pistol Älemsi Negdel Hejeld AN
AK 5 D Standard Issue Assault Rifle Kingdom of Cryria Hejeld AB
AK 4 Battle Rifle

Designated Marksman Rifle

Kingdom of Cryria Hejeld AB
Sako TRG Sniper Rifle Kingdom of Cryria
NTW-20 Anti-Materiel Rifle Älemsi Negdel Hejeld AN
MP5 Submachine Gun
Ksp 90 Light Machine Gun Kingdom of Cryria Hejeld AB
Ksp 58 General-purpose Machine Gun Kingdom of Cryria Hejeld AB
Y3 AGL Automatic Grenade Launcher Älemsi Negdel Hejeld AN
AT4 Rocket propelled grenade Kingdom of Cryria Örn AB
CG M4 Recoilless Rifle Kingdom of Cryria Örn AB
ZT3 Anti-Tank Guided Missile Älemsi Negdel Hejeld AN
RBS 70 MANPAD Kingdom of Cryria Örn AB
120 Krh/40 Heavy Infantry Mortar Kingdom of Cryria Honngingfjord Ironworks
81 KRH 71 Y Light Infantry Mortar Kingdom of Cryria Honngingfjord Ironworks
Major Ground Equipment
Name Type In Service Country of Origin Manufacturer
Stridsvagn 122 Main Battle Tank 3 Kingdom of Cryria Hejeld AB
Combat Vehicle 90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle 27 Kingdom of Cryria Hejeld AB
Emmerson AMV Armored Personnel Carrier 18 Kingdom of Cryria Emmerson Land Systems
155 GH 52 APU Towed Artillery 4 Kingdom of Cryria Emmerson Land Systems
M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System Multiple Rocket Launch System 6
35 Itk 88 Towed Anti-Aircraft Gun 14
Major Aircraft
Name Type In Service Country of Origin Manufacturer
Örn JAS 39NG Gripen Multirole Fighter 4 Kingdom of Cryria Örn AB
Örn JAS 39D Gripen Trainer 2 Kingdom of Cryria Örn AB
Hejeld Argali Tactical Transport Helicopter 1 Älemsi Negdel Hejeld AN
Hejeld Shonkhor Attack Helicopter 7 Kingdom of Cryria Emmerson Land Systems
MH-60R Naval Helicopter 1 Kingdom of Cryria Emmerson Land Systems
Örn 340 Twin-Engine Turboprop 7 Kingdom of Cryria Örn AB
Enstrom 480 Light Helicopter 2
Major Warships
Name Type In Service Country of Origin Manufacturer
Rahar-Class Frigate 1 Älemsi Negdel Gazarv Shipyards
Skjold-Class Corvette 4 Kingdom of Cryria Marlberg AS
Tapper-Class Patrol Boat 8 Kingdom of Cryria Marlberg AS
Tjeldsund II-Class Landing Vessel 1 Kingdom of Cryria Marlberg AS

Crime and Law Enforcement

The paramilitary Civil Guard is charged with law enforcement on a national level.

Economy

Serramal is a developing economy with a deeply impoverished population. Historically, much of the population relied on a subsistence lifestyle as farmers or fishermen. The beginning of copper mining caused a complete realignment of the national economy, however. Ecological damage forced many families to abandon their traditional practices and caused massive displacement and dislocation across the mainland. This would eventually trigger a significant diaspora from the country.

Today, Serramal is heavily dependent on the mining industry, which is in turn dominated by the Ellesborg Mining Cooperative. The nation suffers from extreme wealth inequalities, with rural mainland areas known for extreme poverty and poor infrastructure.

Demographics

Serramal has historically been dominated by three ethnic groups. The Amara humans predominantly resided in the far south, particularly around Iratura and Marago. Meanwhile, the Sana humans dominate the remainder of the mainland. The Ābwhala lutrynes once resided in the north of the country, however, ethnic conflicts and warfare between lutrynes and humans have seen the former largely killed or expelled from Serramal. Today, the Amara continue to hold most of the levers of power in Serramal, and largely dominate the government and the presidency.